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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit is one I’ve actually worn twice, and it was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe in the fiercely female film, Ocean’s 8, and you can read more about the hallmarks of her costumes here. I am no stranger to remixing menswear and menswear-inspired pieces, so I was immediately drawn to how Cate Blanchett’s character, Lou, effortlessly wears vests, suits, and skinny ties like necklaces.

So to capture that fierce AF spirit, I layered my racerback vest over a purple button-front and wide-leg trousers. I also added my patent leather burgundy brogues, for an extra menswear-inspired touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

My favorite part about this look was the skinny tie that I borrowed from my husband. I loved how it peeked out of my shirt! I didn’t bother getting the tie “perfect,” as the unfussy and tousled look is part of Lou’s essence as a character.

I also layered on chunky wooden jewelry, as Lou also wears a lot of jewelry in Ocean’s 8. I love the play off gender roles by mixing chunky jewelry with a skinny tie! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

I am a completist, so here’s a look at the tan coat I wore for outerwear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Weather:  Perfect fall day

Where:  Work day, included teaching

What:

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DIY Halloween costume | Bob Ross

Happy Halloween! This is my sixth (!) year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Six years of no-cost costumes! And yes, I wear my costumes to work, so although we took photos this past weekend, this is what I am wearing today to the library. 😀

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween costume memory lane:

A bit about Bob Ross:

This year, I dressed up as Bob Ross (1942-1995), the host of the long-running PBS series “The Joy of Painting” from 1983-1994. I have extremely fond memories of Bob Ross’s soft-spoken, calming demeanor and “happy little” phrases. In today’s extremely stressful and increasingly divisive and violent world, a bit of joy and calm feels in order.

"The Joy of Painting" title cartoon

“The Joy of Painting” title cartoon

You can watch more “The Joy of Painting” episodes on the Bob Ross YouTube channel, and you read more about Bob Ross’s very interesting life (he was an Air Force sergeant for 20 years!) here.

A happy little costume:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

My Bob Ross no-cost costume:

My Bob Ross-inspired ensemble was super simple to put together, and it consisted of:

  • a curly wig we had purchased years ago for another costume
  • one of my husband’s button-front shirts (one with pearl snap buttons!)
  • my own corduroy flared jeans
  • my husband’s tan-and-brown rope belt
  • brown sneakers
  • Bob Ross “happy clouds” novelty socks! (For Christmas last year, I bought Bob Ross-themed socks for both me and my husband. You can check out Sam’s “happy tree” socks here in this SIA round-up post.)

I filled in my brows so they were a little darker as well as more straight across and a bit thicker. I also noticed that Bob Ross tended to smile with only his upper teeth showing, so that’s what I did, too, during our photo shoot.

I never worry about exact recreations, so I didn’t bother about adding a fake beard or mustache, and of course, I wear glasses although Bob Ross did not. The wig is darker than Bob Ross’s own hair, but I think the overall effect is pretty good. I will also add a “Bob Ross” name tag when I’m at work. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross socks

My props:

This past summer during our outing to the Sumner Rhubarb Fest, I couldn’t resist picking up a Bob Ross bobbblehead at a local bookstore — so this costume was meant to be! The “Bob”blehead also came with a little booklet of paintings by the man himself.

I then added these additional props:

  • a stuffed squirrel to stand in for Bob Ross’s squirrel named “Peapod” (it’s actually a cat toy that I borrowed!)
  • a few paintbrushes in different sizes
  • a palette I made from scrap material that I then added acrylic paint on top of
  • a metal stool/table we use as a base whenever we’re painting/staining — I thought its paint stains added authenticity to our photo session! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Here I am with pet squirrel “Peapod” who guest-starred on a few “The Joy of Painting” episodes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Enjoying my paintings:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

Getting a kick out of my likeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

And last but not least… outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume outtakes

Do you fondly remember Bob Ross and his “The Joy of Painting” show? What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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Sam’s style | Tartan tie + textured cardigan sweater

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (as always, thank you), then you know that my husband, Sam, is quite stylish. And he’s enjoying teaching at a local college as a new, tenure-track faculty member (he was adjunct faculty for years) — not least of which because he now gets daily use out of his own extensive wardrobe! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan closeup

We got this cardigan sweater last winter, when J.Crew Factory was having a big sale, and you may remember from this post last year that J.Crew Factory is Sam’s go-to place for cardigans! This one’s a big thicker and textured, and is totally up Sam’s “professorial” style alley. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Weather: Perfect fall day

Where: Teaching day

What:

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SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

You’ve seen my interpretation, and now it’s time for Sam’s interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, and TODAY, you can check out the full round-up on Salazar’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this paintings for its blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam’s outfit is actually quite similar to my own, with the combo of an argyle tee + solid-colored trousers + patterned slip-on sneakers. There are differences, however:  Sam’s argyle tee is grey (mine is blue); his trousers are burgundy (my skinny jeans are dusty rose); and his slip-on sneakers are a blue plaid (mine are a grey-and-pink graphic print).

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

I also think Sam’s mirrored sunglasses really finish off the look. He just looks so effortlessly cool, doesn’t he? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

And of course we had to take a couples selfie, featuring our coordinating argyle tees! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in argyle

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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